On Saturday at Old Trafford, there was a familiar celebration, but not from the player you might anticipate. With five goals in seven games since his return to Manchester United, including a 95th-minute winner against Villarreal in the Champions League, fans have seen plenty of Cristiano Ronaldo’s characteristic ‘Siu’ celebration.
But when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team returned to Premier League play against Everton, Andros Townsend couldn’t help himself from celebrating like Cristiano Ronaldo after his goal won the visitors a 1-1 draw.
The Toffees’ winger dashed towards the away fans before leaping into the air and landing with his arms behind his back. The 30-year-old said it was not meant as a jab at the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but rather as a compliment.
“It’s a mark of respect to a guy who influenced my career,” he said. “I spent many hours on the training pitch and in the video room trying to analyse his free-kicks and his stepovers and the way he dedicates himself to football.
“So it wasn’t an imitation, it was a mark of respect to one of my idols. I probably didn’t do the celebration justice and didn’t execute it perfectly.”
Source: BBC Sport